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Sr. Mary Nicholas Tosseng


Sister of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate M. Nicholas (Pauline) Tosseng, 89, died Jan. 24, 2017.

Sister Nicholas grew up on Chicago’s East Side and was educated at St. Francis de Sales grade school and high school before entering the Joliet Franciscans in 1947. She professed vows in 1950.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Francis de Sales (1953-1967), Assumption (1968-1984), and St. Ludmilla (1984-1987). She was a receptionist, secretary and clerk at St. Tarcissus (1989-2009) and served there as a volunteer from 2009-2016.

She was also known for her skill as a cook and baker and a seamstress, and a driver for the sisters.


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Fr. Theodore Stone

Associate pastor

Father Theodore C. Stone, 91, died Jan. 4 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. He was most recently  associate pastor of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish, Park Ridge. He retired in 2002, but continued to serve the parish.

Born in Chicago, Father Stone attended Western Springs Public Schools, Our Lady of Bethlehem Academy in La Grange, Faulkner Public School in Chicago and St. Ferdinand School. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained to the priesthood in 1952.

He served as assistant pastor at St. Tarcissus (1952-1957) and St. Cornelius Parish (1966-1969). During his first years as a priest, he became aware that children in non-Catholic elementary schools had little Catholic education and served as associate director and director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine from 1957 through 1969. 

In 1969, Father Stone requested a leave to pursue his vocation to the sacrament of marriage. He and his wife had two children, Bethanne and Timothy Stone. After his wife died in 1981, Father Stone petitioned to return to the active priesthood, and was accepted under Cardinal Bernardin. 

He served as associate pastor at Our Lady Mother of the Church (1991-1992) and at Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish (1992-2002).

He is survived by his daughter, Bethanne Stone, his son, Timothy Stone, and his sisters, Mary Lippa and Dorothy Moore.

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Br. Anthony Pistone

Educator, missionary

Marianist Brother Anthony Pistone, 82, died Dec. 6 in California.

Born in Chicago, Brother Tony attended St. Michael Central High School. He entered the Society of Mary in 1952 and professed perpetual vows in 1959. 

He taught at Marianist high schools in St. Louis, Milwaukee and Belleville, Illinois.

He was assistant provincial for the Marianist Province of St. Louis (1987-1992).

Later he served the poor in Bangalore, India, and was regional superior for the Marianists in that country. 

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Sr. Margaret Ann Wilson


Providence Sister Margaret Ann (Gerard) Wilson, 89, died Dec. 7 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Oklahoma, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1946 and professed final vows in 1953.

She ministered in Indiana, Illinois and Oklahoma.  

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at Our Lady of Sorrows (1948-1953), Immaculate Conception (1962-1971) and St. Angela (1973-1997).

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Sr. Adelaide Ortegel

Educator, artist

Providence Sister Adelaide Ortegel, 89, died Dec. 13 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Chicago, she entered the Sisters of Providence from St. Francis Xavier Parish, Wilmette, in 1946 and professed final vows in 1954. 

She ministered in Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and in the West Indies.  

A gifted artist, Sister Adelaide was also a puppeteer, a mime and a clown, and she wrote several books on the integration of the arts with worship.  

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at St. Agnes (1950-1953); St. Mark (1957-1958); Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove (1963-1970, 1979-1988, 1989-1997, 2000-2007); and the Center for Contemporary Celebration, Hyde Park (1970-1974, 1978-1979). 

In 2011, she retired to the motherhouse. She continued to paint and occasionally put on a puppet show. Beginning in 2015, she dedicated herself to the ministry of prayer.

She is survived by a sister, Carol Ulbert.

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Sr. Dolores O’Dwyer


BVM Sister Dolores (Wilmetta) O’Dwyer, 94, died Dec. 16 in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Born in San Francisco, she entered the BVM congregation in 1941 and professed final vows in 1949.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Dolores taught at St. Odilo, Berwyn. She also taught in Washington, Oregon and California.

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Sr. Brideen Fohey

Teacher, chaplain

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Brideen Fohey, 88, died Dec. 18 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Milwaukee, Sister Brideen made her first religious profession in 1951 and her final profession in 1956. 

She ministered in music as a teacher, organist, piano teacher and accompanist, and as a hospital chaplain, pastoral associate and liturgist. She served in Illinois, Wyoming, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico and Canada. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Brideen taught at Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka (1951-1953), and St. Cajetan (1964-1965), and taught private piano lessons in the Zion area (1993-1994). 

She is survived by a sister, Edith Payleitner.

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Sr. Mary Clemente Davlin

Educator, musician

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary Clemente Davlin, 88, died Dec. 19 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, Sister Mary Clemente made her first religious profession in 1956 and her final profession in 1959. She taught English for 50 years and was a prolific writer. 

Sister Mary Clemente is the author of “A Game of Heuene: Word Play and the Meaning of Piers Plowman B,” “The Place of God in Piers Plowman and Medieval Art,” and “A Journey into Love: Meditating with Piers Plowman.” 

She served in Wisconsin and Illinois. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Mary Clemente ministered at Rosary College/Dominican University, River Forest, as professor of English (1970-2010), and director of the Rosary-in-London program, London (1981, 1982 and 1991-1992). She taught at Aquinas Dominican High School (1952-1953) and Du Sable High School (1953-1954), and served as tutor at Malcolm X College (2010-2016). Sister Mary Clemente played violin with the Oak Park Symphony for more than 40 years.

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Sr. John Eudes Courtney


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister John Eudes (Mary) Courtney, 95, died Dec. 22 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. 

Born in Chicago, Sister John Eudes made her first religious profession in 1949 and her final profession in 1952. She taught high school English for 30 years, and she served as a pastoral minister, community organizer and librarian, along with four years in transportation. She served in Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

Sister John Eudes was inspiration for the character of Mary Clancy in the book “Life with Mother Superior” by Jane Trahey and the 1966 movie “The Trouble with Angels” starring Hayley Mills as Mary Clancy. Trahey and Sister John Eudes, then known as Mary, were high school friends at Providence High School, Chicago.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister John Eudes taught at Visitation (1961-1963) and ministered as a neighborhood organizer and prison visitor while living at Annunciation Convent (1971-1972). 

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Fr. George J. Dyer

Pastor emeritus

Father George J. Dyer, 90, died Dec. 3 at Condell Hospital, Libertyville. 

He was pastor emeritus of St. Patrick Parish, Wadsworth. He also served on the faculty of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary and was an editor and author for the theological journal, “Chicago Studies.” 

Born in Chicago, Father Dyer attended Our Lady of Sorrows School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1953. He later earned a doctorate in sacred theology.

He spent the first half of his priesthood at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary as a librarian, lecturer in patristics and later as dean and professor of theology. While a doctoral student and professor, Father Dyer celebrated Mass at St. Gilbert Parish, Grayslake (1953-1955); Santa Maria del Popolo Parish, Mundelein (1955-1963); and Transfiguration Parish, Wauconda (1964-1966). 

In 1966, Father Dyer was named assistant pastor at St. Martin. A year later, he was appointed dean of studies at Mundelein’s School of Theology, a position he held until 1978 when he was named pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Wadsworth (1978-1995).

During his first years serving the people of Wadsworth, Father Dyer saw a need for a larger church given the explosion of new housing in the area in the 1980s. The forecast proved to be true, as St. Patrick grew from 350 families to 2,400 families over a decade.

Father Dyer served for 16 years after his retirement as a weekend presider at St. Julian Eymard Parish, Elk Grove Village, and continued to minister to the retirement community of Sedgebrook in Lincolnshire until his health declined.

Father Dyer’s contribution to theological reflection was recognized by the Catholic Theological Society of America in 1982 when the society awarded him its highest honor, the John Courtney Murray Award.

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